You can spend forty years teaching people to be awake to the fact of mystery and...– —Marilynne Robinson, Gilead ~reblogged by Trent Gilliss, senior editor
Hindus Celebrate the Triumph of the Good with...
by Susan Leem, associate producer An Indian folk dancer poses with her troupe. (photo: Sam Panthaky/AFP/Getty Images) Hindus in India and around the world are in the midst of celebrating Navratri, the colorful and light-laden, nine-day festival also known as Durga Puja. Dedicated to Durga, Hindus celebrate the mother goddess’ defeat of the demon Mahishasura — the triumph of good over...
Our Twitterscript of Jean Berko Gleason Interview
by Susan Leem, associate producer Wug graffitti on the street. (photo: Adam Albright/Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) This week we interviewed Jean Berko Gleason, a psycholinguist who is now a professor emerita at Boston University, about how we learn and use the most valuable of skills: human language. She’s best known for her wug test experiment, revealing that children develop general systems...
Their eyes had met, and an inexpressibly sweet sense of eternal tragedy had...– Kurt Vonnegut, a gorgeous line from Player Piano
Anonymous asked: Nothing to ask. but a big THANK YOU.
Strange Is American Religion, Stranger Is American...
by Tom Moore, guest contributor photo: Helen Sotiriadis/Flickr, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 “Where did you read the Bible?” she asked. My friend Karin used to teach religion in a Swedish public elementary school, which is why her question made so much sense to her but so little sense to me. “In Europe,” she explained, “we see the clips of your news commentators, we see your President getting sworn in...
The truth is that the greatest enemies to the doctrines of Jesus are those...– —Thomas Jefferson, as excerpted from a letter to John Adams dated April 11, 1823 ~reblogged by Trent Gilliss, senior editor
I know the country is open to a renaissance of spiritual-moral values, and the...– —David Hartman, Jewish philosopher and Orthodox rabbi As this quotation from our interview with the unorthodox thinker indicates, Hartman’s is a voice that challenges all types of conventions. Our show with him is airing on more than 250 public radio stations across the U.S. this week and via...
peelapom asked: Have you read the book "America's Four Gods: What We Say about God--and What That Says about Us" by Paul Froese and Christopher Bader? I'd love to see Krista dive into a conversation about this book and what the authors have to say! The book really changed how I understand religion and its influence on American culture as well as my own understanding of G!d/dess
I want to be alone and work until the day my heads hits the drawing table and...– —Maurice Sendak The celebrated author of Where the Wild Things Are and other award-winning children’s literature just released Bumble-Ardy at the age of 83. He recently lost several loved ones, including his long-time partner, and shares his thoughts on opening up to his mortality with The...